Bicycle Network: Metro Routes
Transport based bike routes in Melbourne
This section contains the campaigns to improve, connect and extend the primarily on road bicycle routes in and around metro Melbourne. We have included in this section off road paths that primarily serve a transport function.
Campaigns from the mid 1990s
These flyers were sent to Bicycle Network Victoria members in the mid 1990s. The letter writing campaign that followed led to a State Government commitment of $1m a year to build these projects and the rest of the Principal Bicycle Network
Denmark Street, Kew
A short section of Denmark Street, between Wellington St and Stephenson Street is proving popular with riders wishing to avoid the hectic Kew Junction and take advantage of quieter nearby routes
Dingley Bypass path
Linking Warrigal Rd Moorabbin through to Dandenong South, this corridor is part of the Metropolitan Trail Network
East: Auburn Road
A missing link is needed on Auburn Road to provide a continuous route for riders
East: Bridge Rd
Bridge Rd Richmond is a key route heading into the CBD and is a popular destination in its own right
East: Bulleen and Templestowe Roads
Bulleen and Templestowe Roads are on the Principal Bicycle Network and have the potential to offer a viable link for sustainable transport purposes. It would also take advantage of the many off road paths in the area and help better connect the community
East: Eaglemont Boulevard
The Boulevard is a quiet road between Manningham Rd and Burke Rd North which avoids the need to go through the Burke Rd North cutting
East: Ferntree Gully Rd
Linking the extensive EastLink path across to Burwood Highway
East: Glen Waverley Rail Path
East: Hawthorn Road
The continuation of on-road lanes along Hawthorn Road would fill a gap in the network.
East: High St
Linking Gardiners Creek to St Kilda Rd and a series of activity centres along the way, High St has the potential to become a bike, tram and pedestrian friendly corridor
East: Highbury Rd
Highbury Rd is on the Principal Bicycle Network and is an important East-West route
East: Murrumbeena/East Boundary Rd
A north-south route connecting to the Gardiners Creek, Scotchmans Creek and Anniversary Trails
East: Oban Rd, Ringwood
An on road route through the residential area north of Ringwood Central Activity District
East: Ringwood to Croydon
An important link from the east into th Ringwood Central Activity Area (CAA). A significant transport function could be achieved if this link were completed
East: Tooronga Rd
Connecting Dandenong Rd to the Gardiners Creek and beyond to Riversdale Rd, this is already a popular transport route.
East: Tram 109 - Box Hill to City
This route starts in Box Hill at Whitehorse Rd then heads towards the city along Whitehorse Rd-Cotham Rd-High St-Barkers Rd-Victoria St
Inner Gertrude / Langridge Streets
Gertrude and Langridge Street provides an already popular east-west route between Abbotsford and the inner Melbourne area, connecting from the Main Yarra Trail (at Nicholson St) through to Queensberry St and on through North Melbourne
Inner: Bridge Rd
An important route and destination in its own right, Bridge Rd is already popular with riders
Inner: Clarendon St, East Melbourne
A very popular route running north-south between Victoria and Wellington Parades. This street is used by hundreds of riders in the am peak from Wellington Street, Albert Street and the MCG precinct to connect to NorthBank via the Barak Bridge and over the other bridges to the south also.
Inner: Collins St
This route runs from the intersection with Spring St (Melway 2F K3) to the intersection of Spencer St (2F A6)
Inner: Elizabeth St - Albert St
This will become one of the main east west commuter routes from Church St and Lennox St in Richmond to the CBD. As it develops it will attract riders off the Yarra trail at Gipps Street for a more direct route.
Inner: Exhibition Street
This CBD street links Rathdowne in the north, via the Exhibition Street extension in the south to the Yarra Trail.
Inner: Flemington Road
A major commuter route servicing the northwest
Inner: Flemington to Melbourne University
An east west connection between Flemington and Parkville.
Inner: Footscray Rd path
This path is part of the Western Rail Path Route
Inner: Gisbourne Macarthur
This route runs from Victoria Parade in the north to the northern edge of the CBD at the intersection of Collins and Spring.
Inner: La Trobe St
Latrobe St is a major entry route into and through the CBD. The long planned separated bike lane is finally a reality.
Inner: Laurens Street
A popular route for riders heading through North and West Melbourne
Inner: Market, Queensbridge and Moray Sts
An important southern link into the CBD between Moray St, Southbank, Northbank and Market St
Inner: Melville/Dawson/Grantham Route
A popular North-South route through West Brunswick
The Napier Street route runs from St George's Road in North Fitzroy to Victoria Parade near the Catholic University.
Inner: Punt Road Alternative
An alternative route to Punt Road that will take riders from Clifton Hill to St Kilda
Inner: Queensberry St
Queensberry Street is an important part of the east west route linking the stockbridge over the Maribyrnong River to the Yarra Trail at the Gipps Street Bridge in Abbotsford.
Inner: Rathdowne St
This route runs from Park St in Princes Hill (Mel Ref 29 K11) along Rathdowne St to Victoria St (Mel Ref 43 J6) at the edge of the CBD.
Inner: Royal Parade, Peel and William Streets
Already a popular route and one of Melbourne's top three most used on road facilities, this route can be developed to perform a far stronger transport function by upgrading the bike facilities.
Inner: St Kilda to Clifton Hill
A north-south route that avoids the CBD
Inner: Swanston RMIT to Melbourne University
First Copenhagen style bike lanes in Australia
Inner: Swanston St
Bicycles are part of a successful and bustling Swanston Street
Inner: The Exhibition Buildings
The route along the south side of the Exhibition Buildings is an important part of the east west route linking the stockbridge over the Maribyrnong River to the Yarra Trail at the Gipps Street Bridge in Abbotsford.
Inner: Wellington St
Wellington St is a popular and well connected route in the inner network. With over 400 riders in the 7-9am peak it provides a major transport function and serves as a viable connection from North Fitzroy through to East Melbourne
Inner: William St
William Street has become a key route into and through the CBD.
Yarra Bend park is Melbourne's hidden jewel; only a few kilometres from the CBD and contains the east's most popular area for riders on the Boulevard, the Main Yarra trail, many mtb trails and criterium circuit
Nicholson/Lennox St - Clifton Hill to East Richmond Station
A popular section of the Punt Rd Alternative Route linking Clifton Hill to the Main Yarra Trail and beyond, Nicholson and Lennox St acts as an important North-South route for riders bypassing the inner city area or traversing to other routes such as Johnston, Langridge, Albert, Bridge, Swan St and the Main Yarra Trail
North: Barow St
A good north south link alternative to Sydney Rd, connecting Coburg to the south, along a corridor of residential streets including schools and other attractions
North: Barrow Street
Upgrade bike lanes and fill gaps on Barrow Street to provide an alternative cycling route to Sydney Road
North: Canning Street
The recent upgrade to the Canning Street Pidgon Street roundabout is being reviewed.
North: Cramer/Gower Streets, Preston
An important East-West route connecting the heart of Preston Activity Centre, The rail station and market to the surrounding network such as St Georges Rd Path and the Merri and Darebin creek corridors.
North: Darebin Road and Livingstone Street
An important east-west route connecting Ivanhoe to Thornbury will also be an important link in the surrounding network
North: Dawson/Glenlyon in Brunswick
This route running from Moonee Ponds to Brunswick East could see even more people choosing to ride if a simple upgrade were applied
North: Epping precinct
Epping has been identified as one of Melbourne's major activity centres and generates a high volume of trips. Incorporating bikes will be a challenge
North: Epsom Road
An important link approaching the inner Melbourne area from the north east
North: Harding St, Coburg
North: Heidelberg Rd
A major route already popular with transport riders, Heidelberg Rd can be improved to get more people riding
North: La Trobe Uni/Macleod Station path
La Trobe University is a suburban, car-based campus. Efforts are underway to reduce car dependency and improve access for bikes. Much needs to be done.
North: Mickleham Road
Previously a major Melbourne trucking route but now being absorbed by this fast-growing urban corridor of the metro area
North: O'Hea St
This east-west route will provide a great alternative to Bell St across the City of Moreland. An off-road two-way path has been provided as part of the ehabilitation/reconstruction of the road. It provides a model of how to provide a high quality off-road path within an existing typical local road reservation width of one-chain (20.12m).
North: Ormond Road and Maribyrnong Road
Providing cycling lanes between parked cars and the traffic lane along Ormond and Maribyrnong Roads would mean safer conditions for riders along this busy route.
North: Plenty Road
An important route in the north east of Melbourne, providing a more direct route for commuters and also a popular weekend route for riders heading out to the hills
North: Reservoir to Epping Rail Corridor
A route connecting the Epping, Lalor, Thomastown down to Reservoir would allow residents to connect to the High St/St georges Rd path and beyond to the CBD. The Zone One ticket at Reservoir will also encourage residents to choose getting there by bike.
North: Route 86 High St/Plenty Rd
Darebin City Council in conjunction with Yarra Trams and the Department of Transport are proposing to upgrade Route 86 tram service and generally make this precinct more pedestrian friendly. There may be positives and negatives for bikes.
North: St Georges Rd - Brunswick St (Lalor to CBD)
This is a key CBD commuter route. It is off-road for a significant portion. We are working to fix the gaps and get improvements along the route.
North: Sydney Road
Sydney Road in the City of Moreland links south from O'Hea to Royal Parade in the CIty of Melbourne. (VicRoads road - Principle Bicycle Network route.)
North: Wingrove, South Crescent and Westgarth route
This route is a popular route for riders in the inner north east and beyond heading toward the inner Melbourne area.
North: Woodland Street
An important east-west route and link to and through the Strathmore Railway Station
North: Yan Yean Pipe Track
This waterpipe corridor cuts a swathe through the sprawling northern suburbs north of the Ring Road and could help to move thousands of people in one Melbourne's most public transport poor areas
South - Peninsula Link
The proposed Frankston Bypass road project will include an adjacent shared path, going from Paterson River in Carrum Downs and eventually to Mornington
South East: Bay Street
A de facto bike lane exists along Bay Street, Brighton. On-road lane markings will connect this street to the surrounding cycling network.
South East: Cranbourne rail Corridor
Linking Cranbourne Railway Station across the centre of Cranbourne and toward the TAFE, Sporting Centre, Casey Fields and nearby schools
South East: Dandenong Rail Corridor
Identified as a Priority Route on the VicRoads Principle Bicycle Network, this rail corridor links Caulfield to Dandenong Centres and nearby activity centres such as Monash University and
South East: Ernst Wanke Road and Parkhill Drive
A route travelling through a densely populated area, riders in this area need some vital links to be able to connect to the surrounding network
South East: Heatherton Rd
An important east-west route running through a large urban population, particularly in Endeavour Hills, past the Dandenong Creek Trail and through to Noble Park
South East: High Street
Continuation of on-road lanes along High street will help connect the local cycling network in Manningham
South East: Linking Eumemmerring Creek Path to Dandenong
These two existing paths need to be linked to take advantage of the local extensive network and into the Dandenong Central Activity Centre
South East: New Street
This cycling route needs upgrades to line markings to improve riding conditions.
South East: Old Princes Highway, Pakenham
A viable direct route linking a wide section of the local community with local destinations
South East: Orrong Road
Continue to improve cycling conditions along Orrong Road, Elsternwick.
South East: St Andrews Street
A de facto bike lane exists along St Andrews Street,Brighton. On-road lane markings will connect this street to the surrounding cycling network.
South East: Waverley to East Malvern Link
A natural corridor once used by the Outer Circle Rail line featuring the once famous Black Bridge, this route would link the Dandenong Rail Path to Gardiners Creek Path, Scotchmans Path
South West: Maddox and Rail Path
A promising and potentially easy to achieve link for Hobsons Bay Council, this link would provide an attractive route for riders coming from further west to link through to Newport and the Footscray precinct and beyond
South: Alma Rd (Orrong Rd to Fitzroy St)
Connecting Alma Street to the Albert Park Lake trail would provide a continuous route for commuters.
South: Chapel St-Church St
Chapel St is an important transport route and destination in its own right. With many riders in the area to the south east of here targetting the inner area their options are limited. Chapel St offers a direct and well connected route from East St Kilda all the way up to Abbotsford
South: Clarendon Street tram proposals
South: Cranbourne Rd
An important east-west route linking the imminent Peninsula Link path into the Frankston Central Activity District
South: Glen Eira, Booran and Neerim Roads
Identified on the Principal Bicycle Network as a priority route
South: Lake Route (St Kilda Foreshore to Melbourne's CBD)
St Kilda Foreshore to Melbourne's CBD via Fitzroy St —Albert Park—Cecil St will become one of Melbourne's best quality routes.
South: Mornington Path Link
Continued support of this project is needed
South: Nepean Highway
A direct route from the south, Nepean Highway currently carries many riders confident to ride on road. The existing off road path is of poor quality in some sections and needs to be completed up to Glenhuntly Rd
South: North Rd
South: Park Street
On-road bike lanes along Park Street in Albert Park would help connect Port Phillip's extensive bike network.
South: Payne Street
Complete gap between PenLink path, Baxter Rail Path and Bay Trail in Frankston Centre.
South: Route 33 - Beach Road cycling
Route 33: The world's premier cycle training route
South: Skye Road
Connect the west end of Payne St to link to freeway the overpass. A small project with big returns.
South: Sladen St Cranbourne
Sladen St is an important east-west route connecting into the heart of Cranbourne
South: South Rd
Many sections exist but there are crucial gaps, particularly the eastern end and many of the intersections. Existing lanes could be upgraded with green surface at intersections and vibraline edge marking
South: St Kilda Rd-Brighton Rd-Nepean Hwy
One of Melbourne's best loved boulevards needs to be improved for bike riders.
West: Defence site
Linking Keilor to Highpoint Precinct with a new river crossing and link through the Defense Site currently under redevelopment
West: Derrimut Rd
A central North-South Route linking Werribee to Tarneit
West: Grieve Parade
A good north-south route through Altona's mix of residential and industrial area.
West: Kororoit Creek Rd
An important west-east route connecting Laverton to Williamstown, this road serves as a good transport and local training route
West: Laverton Airbase to Station path
The lure of a zone one ticket is seeing locals flocking toward at Laverton Station. The south side Parkiteer cage is overflowing but the north cage sits near empty due to poor access. A path approaching from the west would greatly releive traffic and parking congestion in the area
West: Macedon Street
The shared path along Macedon Street needs to be upgraded and continued into Sunbury.
West: Mitchell St & Rosamond Rd
The intersection at Mitchell Street and Rosamond Road needs to be upgraded. Green surface treatment and advance bike boxes would provide safer riding conditions.
West: Monash St
Starting at Sunshine Station, Monash St becomes South Rd which can connect to Barkly St and the Central Activity Centre of Footscray and beyond to the CBD
West: Palmers Rd
Palmers Rd is the major connection for the residents of Point Cook and Sanctuary Lakes to Melbourne's path network and nearby Williams Landing railway station
West: South Rd
South Rd continues from Monash St at Duke St and proceeds east to Ashley and Barkly Streets into Footscray and beyond to the Footscray Rd path into the CBD
West: Sunshine Path
This path will run along the Rail corridor and link from Sunshine Station to the Footscray Rd path taking you into Docklands and the CBD
West: Sunshine to Ashley St
Part of the critical western spine needed to link the western suburbs into Footscray Central Activity District and beyond to the Melbourne CBD.
West: West Footscray to Footscray Rd
Linking Cross Street path, rail overpass near Western Oval and going along Buckley and Napier Streets to the Maribyrnong River crossing, and onto the Footscray Road path into Docklands and the CBD.
West: Westgate Link
This is a critical missing link for riders on the Bay Trail in Williamstown wanting to get into the CBD via the Maribyrnong River Trail or the Footscray Road Trail
West: WestLink Road and Tunnel
WestLink is a proposal by the State Government to facilitate better freight connections into the Port District. This has the potential to unlock or decimate the bike network in the western suburbs.